I couldn’t believe it when I first got the acceptance letter from AMDA, a performing arts school which I had my heart set on for such a long time. I would study at the Los Angeles campus and as soon s I got the letter I began to read the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts reviews to see what others were saying about the place and drinking in every bit of information which I could find. Last year I finished my course with AMDA and whilst I was sad to leave, I was certainly ready for the ‘real world’. If you are thinking about studying at AMDA then here is what my experience was like.
The standard of performing arts at this school is incredibly high and with that comes great competition, hard work and a brutal schedule. You know that all of this will be worthwhile however which is why we all worked so hard to achieve everything which we could at AMDA. The pursuit of excellence was the first thing that struck me about this school and it is something which is eventually engrained into the students.
You have to be 100% committed to this course if you are going to survive, I saw so many students dropping out because they just couldn’t cut it when it came to the amount of work which was required. The reason why they couldn’t step up the work levels is because they didn’t want it enough so you need to make sure that you certainly do.
The teachers and professors here are absolutely outstanding, many of them are respected performers in their own right, many work and have worked on massive stage productions on Broadway and on London’s West End, and they ensure that they get every last drop of energy and effort from you. What I loved most is that the teachers want you to succeed, they are willing you with every bit of feedback to be the best that you can be and it is great to have someone looking out for you like that.
There is a lot of fun to be had on campus but most of that revolves around rehearsals and practice time, or at least the breaks in-between. I don’t want to paint a picture of no social life because that isn’t true, but I certainly had a quieter social life than many of my friends who went to other colleges to study different things. You will form close bonds with people and you will have a great time away from the studying.
In performing arts competition is everything, when so many apply for a single role, so many want to be the best and so many want the highest results, competition can get fierce. You need to prepare yourself for this, not only for college, but also for the life beyond that because a career in the arts is all about competing.
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